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Alert systems restrict Ebola from entering India

Aug 19, 2014

“We have systems in place for tracking anybody with remotest symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease,” the Indian Health Minister said.

New Delhi: The Indian Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has expressed his satisfaction over the alert system in place at all the entry points to the country for detecting people arriving with symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The Minister had placed India’s surveillance and tracking systems on full alert, much before World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of this disease as an international emergency.

“Till now, 12,257 passengers have been screened at various international airports. Several departments of the Central governments are working in tandem with state governments to ensure total surveillance.

I personally inspected the arrangements at the Bangalore International Airport, on Thursday,” the Minister said.

Dr Harsh Vardhan reassured the people that there is no cause for panic. “We have systems in place for tracking anybody with remotest symptoms of EVD throughout the 21-day danger period. Luckily the disease is not air borne and therefore the infrastructure of prevention will easily arrest its spread”.

So far, not a single case of Ebola has been reported from the country, and international passengers are being screened as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile, the WHO has reported that worldwide 2,127 EVD cases have been detected till August 13, taking the total fatalities to 1,145.

 

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